Headlines and Footdots: December 7, 2016

Carly Rae Jepsen’s B Gets an A From Idolator

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U.S.-based music blog Idolator published its list, The 10 Best EPs of 2016. Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion: Side B is ranked #1. Editor Carl Williott states, “Liking Carly Rae Jepsen post-‘Call Me Maybe’ is a little like being a teen and wondering why your favourite band isn’t more popular. You wish they’d get the arena-filling crowds they deserve, but then you get a little older and think, ‘Ya know what, I’m glad it’s my little secret. I don’t want them to be pressured to pander to the taste-blind masses.’ Granted, Jepsen is famous, but she still feels like a pop secret. And so a year after releasing what was arguably 2015’s best pop album, she puts out throwaways from that project and the results are nearly as exhilarating — and even more ignored by the masses.”

Shawn Mendes to Play the 2017 JUNO Awards

Shawn Mendes may not have picked up any Grammy nominations but he is set to rock the JUNO stage for the third year in a row. CARAS recently confirmed him to play at the gala in Ottawa, April 2, 2017. He is the first confirmed performer. The Pickering, Ontario native made his Saturday Night Live debut recently with host Emma Stone, performing two tracks.

Jess Moskaluke vs. The Hacker

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Country superstar Jess Moskaluke was not impressed nor her fans when hackers broke into and took over her Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. They changed her Twitter handle and blocked all her followers. Team Moskaluke and the RCMP were on the case and managed to regain control. The downside is that 20,000 former Twitter followers had to be unblocked and fans must re-follow her.

iTunes Canada Picks and Stats for the Year

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iTunes Canada has uncovered the best-selling music of 2016 as well as staff picks for the best works. Drake’s “One Dance” was the best-selling track of the year on the digital platform. It is also the staff’s favourite Anglo tune of 2016. Justin Bieber had the second most downloaded song from a Canadian artist; “Love Yourself” was 5th overall. iTunes staff chose “Les échardes” by Charlotte Cardin as the best Franco song of the year.

In terms of digital albums downloaded from iTunes, Drake’s Views was #1 and Justin Bieber’s Purpose (released in 2015) #2. iTunes staff picked Fred Fortin’s Ultramarr as the best Franco album. They sided with the Polaris group in favouring Kaytranada’s 99.9% as the best Anglo album.

The Canadian Music Blog as usual will be publishing lists of its picks for the best albums, EPs, songs, and music videos of 2016 later this month. Also to be unveiled later are the year-end Billboard Canada charts which we will put up on the site.

Courage My Love Puts the Stereo in Synesthesia

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JUNO nominated Kitchener pop trio Courage My Love will be releasing debut LP Synesthesia next year under Warner Music, and single “Stereo” is, according to Nielsen Music, bubbling under the CHR airplay chart.

Michael Bublé Is Nobody but Platinum

Nobody but Me, the latest studio album from Michael Bublé has been certified platinum by Music Canada’s Gold and Platinum program for 80,000 units sold. Other 2016 Canadian albums with certifications thus far are La Voix IV (Various Artists) platinum, Views by Drake platinum, Man Machine Poem by The Tragically Hip gold, Encore un soir by Céline Dion double platinum, and You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen gold.

New Music Video by Catherine Major

Adult contemporary ace Catherine Major has released a music video of track “Nos délicats” from her popular 2015 album La maison du monde which we embed below.